BEDLAM VOL. 2 (Image, 2013; Softcover)
Note: Book actually released in 2014
Collects Bedlam No. 7-11 (cover dates June, 2013- January, 2014)
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Ryan Browne
Colorist: Jean-Paul Csuka
Can the criminal mind every truly be rehabilitated? Can the damned ever be really be saved, even if they do much good later on? Fillmore Press, the mass murderer formerly known as Madder Red, is helping police Detective Ramira Acevedo unravel the mystery of a new serial killer in town. This one is using electronic devices to brainwash people. Everyone. He can strike at anyone and everyone at any time, and he does.
The First, the armored superhero in the city of Bedlam, is featured more prominently in this volume. I am glad that they went deeper into what he is about, and who he is (although I won't tell you that; it would be a dick move to spoil it for you). I suspect that he will factor very heavily into the next arc, if and whenever it happens. I sure hope that it does. Issue 12 hasn't even been solicited as of this writing.
This is really compelling, disturbing stuff. Browne's artwork has a scratchiness to it that lends an air of uneasiness to the already tense atmosphere. There is so much stuff being released each and every week that it is nearly impossible to keep up with everything going on. Like you, I can't keep up with everything no matter how hard I try. You might have missed Bedlam. If you like serial killer style Horror then you should give this a whirl.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4.5 out of 5.
The OCD zone- Image makes good quality books, both in content and in materials used.
DVD-style Extras included in this book: Two pages of sketches.
Paper rating: 4.5 out of 5. Nice thick glossy coated stock.
Binding rating: 4 out of 5. Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover coating rating: 5 out of 5. Dull matte finish coating, somewhat resistant to scuffing. I handle my books gingerly and become incredibly annoyed when they get scuff marks from minor handling. It's not like I am the Samsonite gorilla or something, but this coating leaves a lot to be desired when compared with the waxlike lamination used by Marvel and DC on their trade paperbacks.